10 Day Heritage tour of South India

10 Day Heritage tour of South India

Duration: 10 Days

Places: Chennai-Pondicherry-Thanjavur-Karaikudi-Madurai

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Tour Highlights

  • Explore the heritage temple of thanjavur - Brihadeeshwara Temple - a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Explore the shore temple of Mahabalipuram known for its intricate sculptures and location
  • Experience the French cultural past in Pondicherry
  • Visit the Culturally rich town of Karaikudi - known for its Chettinadu food and village tours
  • Visit the famous Meenakshi Temple in Madurai know for its tallest Gopuram and its colurful sculptures and paintings
  • Stay in luxurious beach hotels and traditional palces throughout the tour
  • Places:
  • AChennai
  • BPondicherry
  • CThanjavur
  • DKaraikudi
  • EMadurai

Itinerary

  • Day 1 - 2 CHENNAI
  • Day 3 - 4 PONDICHERRY
  • Day 5 - 6 THANJAVUR
  • Day 7 KARAIKUDI
  • Day 8 - 9 MADURAI
  • Day 10 CHENNAI

Welocme to the capital city of Tamil Nadu - Chennai. It is one of the largest cities of South India. Go for half day tour of the city and visit important cultural centres and monuments of the city. Later proceed for a local sightseeing tour of Mahabalipuram. The town, famous for its stone carvings, is situated on the shore of Bay of Bengal, 58 km south of Chennai. Once a thriving port city under the Pallava Empire this UNESCO world heritage site has many rock-cut monuments dating from 7th – 9th century AD. Places of tourist interest include the Shore Temples, Arjuna’s Penance, Krishnamandapam, Mandapams, Rathas, Crocodile Farm, Covelong beach, and Thirukkazhukundram

Stay for 2 nights in Chennai Luxury hotel

After breakfast travel to Pondicherry. Pondicherry, known as ‘The French Riviera of the East’, was a French colony until it was integrated into India as a Union territory in 1954. The town still remarkably preserves its French heritage in its many colonial monuments, cuisines, language, customs and traditions. Places of tourist interest include the Sree Aurobindo Ashram, Auroville, The French Institute and the Raj Nivas

Travel to temple town of Thanjavur.  Thanjavur derives its name from Tanjanan asura (giant), who according to local legend devastated the neighbourhood and was killed by Sri Anandavalli Amman and Vishnu. Afternoon visit the famous Brihadeeshwara Temple built in the 10th century also a UNESCO World Heritage Site and other important monuments in the heritage town

Leave for Karaikudi. The town is considered to be one of the cultural cradles of South India and has a unique way of life. Take a sightseeing tour of Chettinad town and see how artisans make woven saris, handmade tiles, gold jewellery etc. Enjoy a king’s stay in a traditional Chettinad Mansion and have a personal experience of the culture’s local flavor. Have a bullock-cart ride on a morning excursion to the village, a fun filled experience

Travel to Madurai. Check in at hotel. Then proceed for Madurai sightseeing tour. The temple town of Madurai, situated on the banks of river Vaigai, is one of the most ancient cities in India with a history dating back to the pre-Christian times. It was the imperial capital of the Pandyan Empire in the 14th Century AD. Madurai was the seat of Tamil learning and the last of the Tamil Sangams (Academies) was held here nearly 2000 years ago. Places of tourist interest include the imposing Meenakshi Temple, Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal, Gandhi Museum, Vaigai Dam, Thirupparankundrum, Athisayam Water Theme Park, Azhagar Koil and the Vandiyur Mariamman Teppakulam

After breakfast drop at madurai airport to board flight to Chennai/ Mumbai international airport

Your luxury south India tour ends with sweet memories.

Accomodations

  • Opulent
  • Luxury
  • Economy
  • Chennai – The Leela Palace
  • Pondicherry – Maison Perumal
  • Thanjavur – Ideal River View Resort
  • Karaikudi – The Bangala
  • Madurai – Heritage Madurai

Chennai – The Leela Palace

The most opulent and beautifully created and located hotel in Chennai. It is a brand new hotel designed on the lines of traditional Chettinad architecture. The interiors exude a wonderful combination of luxury and tradition. The hotel has exquisitely designed 326 rooms and suites. The spas, location and service make it one of the best hotels to stay in South India - Stay in Luxurious Leela Palace and spoil yourself.

Pondicherry – Maison Perumal

Maison Perumal is a Heritage Hotel located in French town of Pondicherry. The Maison Perumal experience is minimal only because it is completely sincere. As unvarnished as the Cuddapah stone floors, yet as alive and colourful as the sunlit stained glass of the balconies It took us more than a year and a half to restore the building itself, and to refurbish it with a studied attention to detail. Researches were conducted into the minutiae of woodwork, fitting and finish; local craftsmen were pressed into service; old crafts were revived. To this authenticity, we chose to add only comforts such as air conditioning - but no disturbing frills that would detract from the authenticity of what we wished to recreate for you. To seek coddling here would perhaps invite disappointment, but we do promise one thing: by the end of your stay, you will have tasted first-hand what it was like to live in a noble Tamil home of the period. You will have seen something of that special simplicity. Known those graceful ways, felt the warmth of a forgotten ambience. Maison Perumal is not a grand hotel. It is something considerably harder to create-a gracious home. Hotel Category: Heritage

Thanjavur – Ideal River View Resort

Ideal River View Resort is located along the banks of Vennar a branch of river Cauvery 3 kms away from the city limit of Tanjore. The resort is situated in a secluded but a scenic spot away from the hustle, bustle; the din and dust of the urban city. It's a cool and calm place surrounded by a large landscape of semi-jungle paddy fields. The resort is a perfect blend of Indian tradition and contemporary facilities. A cluster of cottage type apartments with modern amenities are designed and devised to provide the maximum privacy and seclusion with exclusive balconies overwhelming river view and green landscape. Self-contained air conditioned cottage type rooms, open out in to the sky with spectacular view altogether. The resort also has a multi-cuisine restaurant, swimming pool and Ayurveda massage center.

Karaikudi – The Bangala

The Bangala is a heritage hotel based on traditional Chettinadu architecture. The courtyard, swimming pools and the rooms are all built in traditional style. It is fun to stay in this hotel as it feel that you have gone back in time. The hotel serves excellent traditional food and also offers a host of activities like bullock cart visit etc.

Madurai – Heritage Madurai

The five star luxury, Heritage Madurai, offers its guests sublime tranquility that embodies the bliss of natural serenity in its courtyards that are shaded by overhanging pitched roofs. The hotel has a range of sumptuously furnished rooms unrivalled for comfort: Luxury Villa, Deluxe Rooms and Standard Rooms. Allow yourself to be pampered by the luxurious accommodation at Heritage Madurai and its staff that awaits to give you a meticulous world- class service. The hotel has facilities like Wi-Fi, Travel Desk etc. A bird's eye view of Heritage Madurai, located in the historical city of Madurai, reveals a verdant property, with swaying banyan trees and distant mountains. The hotel embodies a group of pillared pavilions embracing three internal courtyards shaded by overhanging pitched roofs. The central structure of the Old Madurai Club was originally conceptualized by Sri Lanka's eminent architect, Geoffrey Bawa. It was designed in a way that materials and resources from in and around Madurai could be utilized in its creation. Thus it was constructed with honey coloured granite from the Nagamalai Hills, stone slabs from an abandoned textile mill, 18th century columns salvaged from derelict homes and Chettinad doors. Materials for windows and doors are cast from bronze and the ceilings are lined with handloom cotton tapestries. There's an old temple cart, which hides the source of a gurgling fountain. In total, Heritage is an architectural masterpiece.

  • Chennai – Vivanta by Taj Connemara
  • Pondicherry – Maison Perumal
  • Thanjavur – Ideal River View Resort
  • Karaikudi – The Bangala (Luxury)
  • Madurai – Heritage Madurai

Chennai – Vivanta by Taj Connemara

Vivanta by Taj - Connemara, Chennai is the city's only heritage hotel, built in 1854 as the Imperial Hotel, renamed Albany in 1886, and finally re-established as The Connemara in 1890. It was an Art Deco look that the Connemara sported when it ‘reopened’ in 1937. And the legendary architect Geoffrey Bawa added his touch to the tower block and linking pool in 1974. Today it is infused with the spirited style of Vivanta by Taj. A fresh new vibe that complements tradition. Drive in from the airport delighting in backseat surprises (we're not revealing here). You'll see how we mean business in a quiet efficient way from the moment you step in. Our lobby is a unique mix of chic and classic. This arrival zone sets the tone for guestrooms and banquet facilities that deliver the ultimate in urban relaxation. The rooms are some of the largest and most spacious in the city and are appointed with modern comforts. Get set to be delighted with small surprises from the moment you enter. Discover the most happening restaurants which create an enticing food corridor offering the best in world cuisine. Technology is woven through it all. Vivanta by Taj - Connemara, Chennai has all the entertainment and connectivity options today's traveller requires. Become a part of our world.

Pondicherry – Maison Perumal

Maison Perumal is a Heritage Hotel located in French town of Pondicherry. The Maison Perumal experience is minimal only because it is completely sincere. As unvarnished as the Cuddapah stone floors, yet as alive and colourful as the sunlit stained glass of the balconies It took us more than a year and a half to restore the building itself, and to refurbish it with a studied attention to detail. Researches were conducted into the minutiae of woodwork, fitting and finish; local craftsmen were pressed into service; old crafts were revived. To this authenticity, we chose to add only comforts such as air conditioning - but no disturbing frills that would detract from the authenticity of what we wished to recreate for you. To seek coddling here would perhaps invite disappointment, but we do promise one thing: by the end of your stay, you will have tasted first-hand what it was like to live in a noble Tamil home of the period. You will have seen something of that special simplicity. Known those graceful ways, felt the warmth of a forgotten ambience. Maison Perumal is not a grand hotel. It is something considerably harder to create-a gracious home. Hotel Category: Heritage

Thanjavur – Ideal River View Resort

Ideal River View Resort is located along the banks of Vennar a branch of river Cauvery 3 kms away from the city limit of Tanjore. The resort is situated in a secluded but a scenic spot away from the hustle, bustle; the din and dust of the urban city. It's a cool and calm place surrounded by a large landscape of semi-jungle paddy fields. The resort is a perfect blend of Indian tradition and contemporary facilities. A cluster of cottage type apartments with modern amenities are designed and devised to provide the maximum privacy and seclusion with exclusive balconies overwhelming river view and green landscape. Self-contained air conditioned cottage type rooms, open out in to the sky with spectacular view altogether. The resort also has a multi-cuisine restaurant, swimming pool and Ayurveda massage center. Hotel Category: 3 Star

Karaikudi – The Bangala (Luxury)

The Bangala is a heritage hotel based on traditional Chettinadu architecture. The courtyard, swimming pools and the rooms are all built in traditional style. It is fun to stay in this hotel as it feel that you have gone back in time. The hotel serves excellent traditional food and also offers a host of activities like bullock cart visit etc.

Madurai – Heritage Madurai

The five star luxury, Heritage Madurai, offers its guests sublime tranquility that embodies the bliss of natural serenity in its courtyards that are shaded by overhanging pitched roofs. The hotel has a range of sumptuously furnished rooms unrivalled for comfort: Luxury Villa, Deluxe Rooms and Standard Rooms. Allow yourself to be pampered by the luxurious accommodation at Heritage Madurai and its staff that awaits to give you a meticulous world- class service. The hotel has facilities like Wi-Fi, Travel Desk etc. A bird's eye view of Heritage Madurai, located in the historical city of Madurai, reveals a verdant property, with swaying banyan trees and distant mountains. The hotel embodies a group of pillared pavilions embracing three internal courtyards shaded by overhanging pitched roofs. The central structure of the Old Madurai Club was originally conceptualized by Sri Lanka's eminent architect, Geoffrey Bawa. It was designed in a way that materials and resources from in and around Madurai could be utilized in its creation. Thus it was constructed with honey coloured granite from the Nagamalai Hills, stone slabs from an abandoned textile mill, 18th century columns salvaged from derelict homes and Chettinad doors. Materials for windows and doors are cast from bronze and the ceilings are lined with handloom cotton tapestries. There's an old temple cart, which hides the source of a gurgling fountain. In total, Heritage is an architectural masterpiece. Hotel Category: Luxury Heritage

  • Chennai – Raintree Chennai
  • Pondicherry – Maison Perumal - Economy
  • Thanjavur – Ideal River View Resort - Economy
  • Karaikudi – Saratha Vilas
  • Madurai – GRT Regency

Chennai – Raintree Chennai

Stay in luxurious yest affordable Raintree hotel in Chennai. Located in the hub of the city - it suits the varies needs of both Corporate and leisure travellers alike. It has Spa, swimming pools and host of other facilities to suit various guest requirements.

Pondicherry – Maison Perumal - Economy

One of the best hotels to stay in Pondicherry - This hotel belongs to the famous CGH group - known for its heritage feel - The hotel has been restored and offers great service and interiors. Stay in the hotel to bring back the days of bygone era.

Thanjavur – Ideal River View Resort - Economy

Locate in the heritage town of Thanjavur just a few Kilometers away from the main heritage temple - the hotel is built in traditional style and has a good garden area and restaurant. The hotel caters mainly to inbound foreign clients. This is the best hotel to stay in the city of Thanjavur

Karaikudi – Saratha Vilas

A beautiful heritage hotel built in traditional style. It is a bit expensive for an economy hotel but one of the cheaper hotels in the area. The hotel is known for its interiors and traditional South Indian food. The hotel offers various walks and trails in the city to explore the culture of the city.

Madurai – GRT Regency

One of the better 4 star value for money hotels in Madurai - the hotel has good amenities and interiors including a swimming pool and Gym. The hotel has Superior rooms and deluxe suites. The hotel is located close to all important landmarks of city.

Pricing And Availability

  • Opulent
  • Luxury
  • Economy
Place Hotel
Chennai The Leela Palace
Pondicherry Maison Perumal
Thanjavur Ideal River View Resort
Karaikudi The Bangala
Madurai Heritage Madurai
Period - Opulent Price per person
01 Apr 2016 – 30 Sep 2016 For prices contact us
1 Oct 2016 – 31 Mar 2017 For prices contact us
Place Hotel
Chennai Vivanta by Taj Connemara
Pondicherry Maison Perumal
Thanjavur Ideal River View Resort
Karaikudi The Bangala (Luxury)
Madurai Heritage Madurai
Period - Luxury Price per person
01 Apr 2016 – 30 Sep 2016 For prices contact us
1 Oct 2016 – 31 Mar 2017 For prices contact us
Place Hotel
Chennai Raintree Chennai
Pondicherry Maison Perumal - Economy
Thanjavur Ideal River View Resort - Economy
Karaikudi Saratha Vilas
Madurai GRT Regency
Period - Economy Price per person
01 Apr 2016 – 30 Sep 2016 For prices contact us
1 Oct 2016 – 31 Mar 2017 For prices contact us

Bespoke India Holidays Value Includes

  • Accommodation in above mentioned hotels with daily breakfast
  • All entrances charges in monuments
  • All transfers including airport transfers by an AC Car (For Opulent and Luxury option large car)
  • All meals in Houseboat
  • Professional English Speaking guides at all places
  • All meals in Karaikudi Heritage hotels
  • 2 Mineral Water bottles per person per day
  • All taxes

Bespoke India Holidays Specials

Travelling with Bespoke India Holidays ensures a memorable and hassle free experience with following specials

  • One Special lunch in Chennai/ Mahabalipuram
  • Highly responsive 24x7 support during the tour
  • High quality personally handpicked local guides at all places that are government approved
  • Courteous chauffeur at your service for the tour.
  • Special assistance in each city for smooth check-ins

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